Team Valor is 2018 Public Syndicate Leader by Stakes Wins
North American Based Partnership Stats Current thru Dec 15
Include Stakes Wins and Stakes Winners Around the World

December 15, 2018

Team Valor is finishing up strongly as the clear leader among North American based public partnerships, based on number of stakes wins globally in the calendar year of 2018. The stable maintains a 3 win margin over the next-nearest syndicate. ... More

Capla Temptress Connects In Grade 3 My Charmer At Gulfstream
Reunited With Rosario, Gr. 1 Winner Caps 3yo Season On High Note
Extends Valor's Lead In Syndicate Standings Of Stakes Success

December 15, 2018

Capla Temptress, a Grade 1 winner in her second race after Team Valor privately acquired her as a 2-year-old in 2017, closed the book on her 3-year-old season in high style on December 15 when she kicked away to a strong win against elders in the Grade 3, $100,000 My Charmer Stakes at Gulfstream Park. ... More

Team Valor 2-Year-Old Contingent Loaded With Numbers, Class
Ten Winners, Five Stakes Performers, Already In The Fold
Solidifies Overall Roster That Is In Good Shape For 2019 Season

December 13, 2018

Team Valor will go into the New Year with a rare abundance of both quantity and quality among the Northern Hemisphere 2-year-olds who are about to turn 3. ... More

Hastalavistababy Falls Just Short In Ontario Lassie At Woodbine
Juvenile Flies Home, 2nd By Head In Nice Step Up To Stakes Company
TVI Has Somehow Dropped Seven Photo Finishes In Stakes This Year

December 9, 2018

Team Valor and Gary Barber bought Hastalavistababy when she made a dramatic improvement when stretched out to a mile and switched to turf in her third career start, flashing a solid turn of foot in a 5 1/4-length maiden win. On Sunday, she showed a similar kick on the Tapeta synthetic track at Woodbine in falling a head short at the wire in the Ontario Lassie Stakes and with an abundance of stamina to boot, as she galloped out far in front. ... More

Bombshell Lands 1st Stakes Win In $150,000 Forever Together In NY
Revitalized By Delacour, Storms Off By 4 1/4 Lengths At Aqueduct
Syndicated For $185,000, Mare Provides TVI's 11th Stakes Win Of 2018

November 23, 2018

Bombshell relaunched her career with two wins and a stakes placing on turf this summer but she made the most of a dirt opportunity at Aqueduct on November 23, drawing away powerfully to win the $150,000 Forever Together Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths. ... More

Thailand Purchase Provides Team Valor With A Huge Lick
Medaglia d’Oro Weanling Realizes $470,000 At Keeneland
Handsome Bay Out Of Wide Range Is 2nd Highest Colt in Book 1

November 5, 2018

Following the exploits of dual champion Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro) two years ago, Team Valor International’s Barry Irwin struck to secure the filly’s half-sister Wide Range (Mineshaft) and repatriated the then 11-year-old mare from Thailand. Her first foal born since she returned to the U.S., a colt by Medaglia d’Oro, went through the ring at Keeneland Monday and sold for $470,000 to Clear Ridge Stables. ... More

Va Bank Cashes Big Win Despite Conditions In Premio Roma In Italy
German-Based 6yo Guts Out Neck Victory In $297,000 Grade 2
Restored To Form By Woehler, Takes TVI's 10th Stakes Win Of 2018

November 4, 2018

After consistently running well in stiff competition all year, Va Bank looked to be up against it for a change on November 4 when the turf course for his seasonal finale deteriorated to a water-logged mess at Capannelle racecourse in Rome, yet the game 6-year-old gutted out his biggest win to date in the $297,000, Grade 2 Premio Roma. ... More

Devant Kicks Off Valor’s Big Week With Game Gr. 3 Win In France
Found At Obscure Venue, 2yo Filly Flaunts Ability In Paris In Miesque
Second Stakes Win This Month From Team Valor’s French Roster of Four

October 31, 2018

Devant's name is French for "in front," and she got there in the Group 3 Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte today, following up on a painfully close defeat in her Team Valor debut over the summer in a similar event. ... More

With Group 3 Win In France, Devant Lifts Team Valor Stakes Totals
Juvenile Filly Scores Stakes Number 9 For The Stable This Year
Team Valor Is On Verge Of Four Important Statistical Milestones

October 31, 2018

When Devant crossed the line first today at Maisons-Laffite racecourse in Paris, she was winning stakes number 9 this season for Team Valor International. It was sweet compensation for an earlier nose loss in the Group 3 Six Perfections at Longchamp to the nostril of a Godolphin runner. ... More

The Black Album Works Strong 7 Furlongs In Southwest France
Group 3 Winner Heads To Chantilly This Week, Churchill Oct. 26
Barzalona Confirmed For Juvenile Turf, First G1 Runner For Trainer

October 17, 2018

In the Group 3 Prix la Rochette on September 2, The Black Album succeeded as the first-ever Group stakes runner for trainer Jane Soubagne. On November 2, the recent Team Valor International acquisition will bring Soubagne, based at La Teste de Buche in southwest France, to racing's highest level as a participant in the $1-million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs. ... More

Nisreen Becomes Black-Type Winner Taking Win Number 4 In 7 Races
Bargain Buy Roars Home To Cop Listed Prix Dahlia At Saint-Cloud
Yutaka Take Gave Trainer John Hammond Dream Ride Over 1¼ Miles

October 5, 2018

Nisreen, a bargain $46,000 buy at Tattersalls last autumn, continued her impressive development at Saint-Cloud racecourse in Paris today by making win number 4 in 7 outings count, as she took the Listed Prix Dahlia under an inspired ride from Yutake Take. ... More

Milestone Stakes Winner 150 Syndicated by Barry Irwin Since 1987
Va Bank Storms Home in Emphatic Style to Seal the Signature Win
International Stable Has Now Passed $2 Million in Earnings in 2018

October 3, 2018

When Va Bank powered home by 5 lengths today in Berlin to win his Group 3, he became individual stakes winner 150 for a horse syndicated by Barry Irwin since 1987. Team Valor International in 2018 has now exceeded the $2-million plateau in earnings with annual gleanings of more than $2,052,000. TVI has now exceeded $2 million in 7 of the last 10 years. ... More

Va Bank Leaves No Doubt In Group 3 Score Today In Berlin
Storms To 5-Length Victory After Pair Of Nose Defeats
Polish Hero Revives Old Form In Dazzling Einheit Performance
Kicks Off Important Week With TVI’s Seventh Stakes Win Of 2018

October 3, 2018

Va Bank dusted off his dazzling form of old with a dominant win in Berlin today in the Group 3 Preis der Deutschen Einheit that was certainly welcome and well-deserved after he had dropped a pair of Group races this summer by miniscule margins. ... More

Team Valor Eyes Breeders’ Cup With French 2yo The Black Album
Recent Group 3 Winner Pointing To $1-Million Juvenile Turf
Highest-Rated Juvenile Colt Addition In Stable’s 30-Year History

September 21, 2018

Team Valor International has acquired The Black Album, recent winner of the Group 3 Prix La Rochette at ParisLongchamp, and will point him to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf on November 2 at Churchill Downs. ... More

Barry Irwin Explains Team Valor's 'International' Strategy
Wide-Ranging Interview in France's TDN equivalent, Jour de Galop
Article Inspired by Devant's Near Miss in French Gr. 3 in TVI Debut

August 1, 2018

From France's Jour de Galop: Since 1987, Team Valor has won 263 podiums at the black type level and has 28 winners of Gr1. The famous union of American owners is still talking about him this year in Europe, with horses like Devant, Kingstar or Va Bank. Barry Irwin, who heads the entity, answered our questions. ... More

Talk Veuve To Me Takes Indiana Oaks By Nearly 5 Lengths At 1-10
Cruises Home In $200,000 Grade 3 In Her First Try Around 2 Turns
Notches Sixth Stakes Victory For The Team Valor Roster In 2018

July 14, 2018

Free from the shadow of established leaders within her division, Talk Veuve to Me added a new element and continued to climb the ladder herself on July 14, cruising to a nearly 5-length win at 1-to-10 odds in the $200,000, Grade 3 Indiana Oaks. ... More

TRC Examines Barry Irwin’s Groundbreaking Strategy
La Sardane, Belvoir Bay Are Latest Team Valor Validations
Many Other Stables In America Are Looking In Similar Direction

July 6, 2018

From Bob Ehalt comes the following for Thoroughbred Racing Commentary: “If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then Barry Irwin has every right to feel extremely flattered.” ... More

La Sardane Seizes Perfect Sting For Third Win In Seven Weeks
French Import Is Razor Sharp For Jockey Prat, Trainer Drysdale
Sets Stakes Record With Frontrunning Score, Eyes G2 At The Spa

June 30, 2018

French import La Sardane recorded her third straight win and fourth overall in five starts for Team Valor as the stable wrapped up the first half of the year well ahead of its pace from 2017. ... More

La Sardane Lands Grade 3 Intercontinental In Game Fashion
Drysdale Restores Filly To Best Form, A Year After Gr. 2 Triumph
Extends TVI Hot Streak, 11th Black-Type Horse For Stable In 2018

June 7, 2018

La Sardane, despite a preposterous morning-line price of 20-to-1, stood out on back class in yesterday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Intercontinental Stakes at Belmont Park and she showed that she has been restored to that form, gallantly prevailing by a neck in her third start in the U.S. ... More

Chris Mccarron Dives Into New Role With Team Valor
Riding Legend Has Already Been A Hit At The Races With Partners
His Addition Also Has Coincided With A (Predictable) Hot Streak

June 6, 2018

Since Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron jockey joined the Team Valor executive staff during Kentucky Derby week, horses near and far have been running lights out for the stable, piling up nine wins from 25 runners. ... More

Milestone 300 Stakes Wins For Runners Syndicated By Barry Irwin
Belvoir Bay Hits Unprecedented Mark For A U.S.-Based Partnership
No Other Public Partnership Has Come Close To Matching Output

May 28, 2018

When Belvoir Bay cruised to victory on Memorial Day, her Grade 2 triumph fashioned yet another new accomplishment for Barry Irwin’s racing partnerships. Since 1987 Irwin’s partnerships have developed 149 individual stakes winners that now have won 300 stakes races. ... More

Belvoir Bay Dominates Down Santa Anita’s Toboggan Slide Course
English Import Explodes To Open Up And Cruise To Daylight Score
Ups Earnings To More Than $550,000 In Grade 2 Monrovia Stakes Win

May 28, 2018

Belvoir Bay, small in stature but not in breadth, speed or heart, once again dominated her rivals in a sprint down the hill at Santa Anita by taking her first career Grade 2 in the $200,000 Monrovia on Memorial Day. She has now won four stakes in her last five starts. ... More

Chris Mccarron Joins Team Valor International, Starts This Week
Hall Of Fame Rider Joins Executive Team At Kentucky Home Base
Hire Part Of Reshaping And Refocusing As Stable Reinvents Itself

May 1, 2018

Chris McCarron has joined Team Valor International and will be part of the executive team of the far-flung organization. He starts this week and will be involved at Churchill Downs, where the operation races three runners (two in stakes) this week in Louisville. ... More

Belvoir Bay Beats Males In Grade 3 San Simeon Stakes
English Import Collects Sixth Stakes Win In So. California
Acquired As Juvenile, Versatile Mare Better Than Ever At Five

April 29, 2018

With no local opportunity available against fillies and mares, Belvoir Bay nearly was flown across the country for a Listed race at Belmont Park, but her connections decided to keep her home and take on males instead in the Grade 3 San Simeon Stakes on April 29 at Santa Anita. She responded with a dominant victory, her sixth Black-Type triumph in Southern California for trainer Peter Miller. ... More

Jessica Berry To Join Team Valor After ‘Flying Start’
Graduates From Esteemed Godolphin Program This Summer
Previously Coordinated Stan Bergstein Writing Award For TVI

April 22, 2018

Jessica Berry will join Team Valor International upon graduation in July from the Godolphin Flying Start program. ... More

Long-Time Partner Belling Prevails In First-Quarter Contest
Bags $3,500 With Prediction Of Six Wins, Nearly Nails Earnings
Just Edges Wallace And Kim McGeorge, Who Take $1,500 For Second

April 1, 2018

Mark Belling is one of Team Valor's longest-running partners, dating back to the early 1990s, and he has been involved in many of the stable's top horses over the years. What he had not been able to make a dent in was a Team Valor contest—until now, as Belling came out on top of the first-quarter partner contest carrying a first prize of $3,500. ... More

Belvoir Bay Back To Winner's Circle In 1st Start Since SLR Fire
English Import Holds On In Mizdirection For Fifth Stakes Win
Seventh Black-Type Horse For Team Valor International In 2018

March 25, 2018

Imported from England as a 2-year-old in 2015, Belvoir Bay became a stakes winner for the fourth season in a row for Team Valor and Gary Barber and trainer Peter Miller, getting up by a head in Sunday's Listed Mizdirection Stakes over the hillside course at Santa Anita. ... More

After ‘Fountain’ Debacle, Storm Runner Shoots For Fla. Derby
Colt Has Trained Up A Storm In Florida, All For Naught In Gr. 2
Connections Have Lost No Faith In Bargain Private Purchase

March 6, 2018

After a frustrating outing in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes on March 3, Storm Runner will get another chance on the Triple Crown trail at Gulfstream Park in the $1-million Florida Derby on March 31. ... More

Storm Runner Rises Into Derby Picture With Gulfstream Win
Game Colt Now Has Two Wins And A Second In 3 Dirt Outings
Held Off Heavy Favorite Who Was Scratched At 5-1 From Grade 2

February 4, 2018

Apparently Storm Runner was trying to tell his connections something all along, as he jumped into a new dimension on the Gulfstream Park dirt on Sunday. ... More

Hayabusa One Denied By ‘Dirtiest Of Noses’ In Santa Anita Grade 2
French Import Rewards Patience, Long-Held Faith In His Ability
Third Black-Type Horse For The Stable In The Last Three Weeks

February 3, 2018

Hayabusa One, less than two months after escaping the Lilac fire at San Luis Rey Training Center, went toe-to-toe with the top horse in the Southern California turf division, Itsinthepost, in Saturday's Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes, as the French-bred duo hooked up in one of the most exciting races thus far in 2018. ... More

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